Prices of winter vegetables fallen sharp in Jhenaidah

Prices of winter vegetables fallen sharp in Jhenaidah

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The prices of the vegetables have fallen sharply when the huge quantities of vegetables started rushing in the early winter. Although the price fallen had satisfied the consumers, it had aggrieved the farmers when price fallen sharply in a week.When this Correspondent had visited a number of kitchen markets like Garaganj, Dakbangla, Bhatai, Sailkupa, Seikhpara and Bishoykhali and Halidhani in Jhenaidah, had witnessed that the prices of all sorts of vegetable have fallen sharp.Each kilogram of brinzal or egg plant was selling at Taka 20 to 25 as against Taka 50 a few days back, radish at Taka 12 to 15 as against Taka 40, beans at Taka 20 as against Taka 50, gourd (potol) at Taka 25 as against Taka 50, both coli flower and cabbage at Taka 20 to 25 as against Taka 50, red and green amaranth at Taka 15 as against Taka 40, korolla at Taka 40 as against Taka 80, basil at Taka 15 as against Taka 30, cucumber at Tk 20 as against Taka 35, sweet pumpkin at Taka 25 as against Taka 49 and spinach at Taka 390 as against Taka 50.Further, each piece of large size pumpkin (lou) is selling at Taka 20 to 25 as against Taka 50, and Chalkumra (jali) at Taka 15 as against Taka 30 each piece.The price of green chile had fallen sharp as each kilogram of the same had came down at Taka 40 to 50 a kilogram from Taka 140, which was almost unbelievable to the consumers.Kanak Mia, a vegetable farmer at Bhatai Bazer of Sailkupa upazila under Jhenaidah when asked said, although the price has fallen drastically in the market, the vegetable farmers were not unhappy with the sale proceeds.Kanak Mia said, most of the vegetables plots were affected due to continuous rainfall, started in early July. As the rain water had recedes from the plots, the vegetables were growing satisfactorily. It has been helping growing more vegetables on the lands, he added.Mohammad Ali, a farmer of Kaliganj said, they were at a loss when the vegetables plots were affected by continuous rainfall in last four months. But they started sending the vegetables gradually to Dhaka, Sylhet, Barishal and Comilla markets. The vegetables from Jhenaidah and sorrounding districts have meeting at least 60 of the total demands of the markets, Manir said.Beside the vegetables growers and vendors, the price fallen had also brought smile of the faces of the common consumers.Sarwar Hossain, a bank official and Bijoli Khanam, a primary school teacher at Halidhani Bazer in Jhenaidah weekly market when asked said, they were impressed with the price fallen in early winter. The trend will help consume adequate vegetables for the common people, they said.Deputy Director (DD) of the department of agriculture extension (DAE) in Jhenaidah Shah Md. Akramul Haque said, the farmers had to count heavy loss when the incessant rainfall had damaged their vegetable plots time and again.To make the deficiency, the farmers once again had brought their lands under vegetables farming in the current winter. The growing trend of the vegetables had favoured the fate of the farmers as each and every plot had ensured huge crops in the season. It might help recover the loss of the vegetable farmers, deputy director said.The DAE sources said, 11,050 hectares of land was bought under vegetable farming in Jhenaidah in the current winter season. Of the total land the farmers had already covered at least 70 per cent under the winter vegetable farming, the department of agriculture extension office sources said.Jhenidah Correspondent

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